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03/27/2010 10:14 AM

Having Symptoms, is it lyme?

honkeetonk
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Post edited by: honkeetonk, at: 03/27/2010 05:40 PM
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03/27/2010 10:34 AM
kelcan
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I have had alot of the symptoms you have. I just got diagnosed with lyme. I didnt even think that itching all over was a symptom of lyme, but last year for a couple of months I was itchy all over.

You should just ask your Dr. to test you for Lyme. If he says no find a doctor that will test for lyme. There are alot of good resources on this forum to help you find a doctor if you need one.

Sorry you have been living with this for so long!


03/27/2010 10:52 AM
honkeetonk
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Thanks kelcan... I am just really worried, I know there is something wrong. The anxiety is sometimes overwhelming.

I have an appointment with my regular doctor on 04/09 for a physical. I have to go to the lab 5 days before the appt to have my blood taken.

I am going to have her do the physical then I am going to say I would like to talk about symptoms I am having, don't know if they are related or not, and ask for the lyme test.

This doctor has seen me before about the itching, heartburn where she had to refer me to dermatologist and GI.

I am going to tell her I am on my wits end


03/27/2010 10:58 AM
TaraT
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I definitely sounds like it could be lyme as well as one or more co-infections. I say this with some certainty because you say you have been bitten by ticks many times.

Most of us never recall the tick bite or the rash that follows. THe anal itching could be a sign of parasites which tend to be pretty prevalent with lyme too. Most doctors would NEVER consider that to be a problem even with presenting with the itching...But its one of the FIRST things that SHOULD be considered.

Getting your lyme test through a lyme literate doctor who will use the Igenex lab is one way to make sure you are going to get a quality test. Most other labs/tests aren't worth the time and effort due to so many false negative results.

Welcome to the group by the way. THere are MANY people here daily that have a LOT to bring to the table in the way of experience.


03/27/2010 11:02 AM
honkeetonk
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Thanks TaraT - this is all really new to me and I am happy I found the forum.

I forgot to mention I was tested for pinworms... with the sticky paddle. It was negative, they didn't mention any other kinds of parasites =


03/27/2010 11:14 AM
smoxito
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If you have internal hemmorhoids that can cause anal itching, too. Other parasites cause this as well.

If your bilirubin is elevated (liver enzyme, not an issue if this is the only liver enzyme elevated) it can cause itching. (Many Lyme patients have a sluggish liver, this could be part of some of their itching issues.)


03/27/2010 11:21 AM
honkeetonk
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I had everything checked out for the anal/rectal itching, no pinworms, no hemmorhoids, no stds... Just a red rash, my gp, dermatologist, and gi can't figure it out

03/27/2010 12:10 PM
waxby
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~~~Hello honkeetonk.

~~~Don't waste anymore time with a non-LLDr(Lyme Literate Dr).You will just be spun in circles and bounced around needlessly like a pinball and get nowhere fast.They will go by the book for Lyme and their book is WRONG.

~~~An LLDr will diagnose you properly for Lyme whereas a regulation Dr will tell you you do not have Lyme even if you do and you will be left misdiagnosed.

~~~They are blinded to the truth by false regulations.And if your tests are CDC positive,and their standards for a positive result are falsly too stringent,your regulation Dr again will go by the wrong book and treat you improperly.

~~~See an LLDr now before your possible Lyme gets more imbedded and harder to treat.

````````~~~Mitchell~~~


03/27/2010 12:31 PM
Bettyg
 
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welcome honketonk ... love the name Smile

call igenex lab no. below and ask them to send you the western blot igm/igg blood kid! then you can take that with you to the dr. when you see them in april.

BUT BLOOD TESTS FOR LYME/CO-INFECTIONS SHOULD NOT BE TAKEN ON A FRIDAY!! MON. - WED. MORNING so it has time to get to the calif. lab!!

print off the symptoms list for lyme and the co-infections; take that with you to dr. if you have enough co-infection symptoms, when you call igenex for the western blot kit, ask them to send the co-infection test kit for yoru state; it's divided up into 4 sections of usa.

Welcome to MD JUNCTION!! I'm so glad you found us! You've come to the right place for education and support!

The following are some links that may be helpful to you:

Seeking a lyme literate md; start YOUR OWN POST on this new forum; do NOT just add it to the introduction post only.

http://www.mdjunction.com/forums/lyme-disease-support- forums/llmd-info/1181374-lyme-literate-md-requests#1181957

(applies ONLY to those who posted elsewhere already ok.  )

NEW FORUM, SEEKING LLMDS, the last forum

start a NEW DISCUSSION by clicking on that at bottom of the page, copy your text to the body of message as you posted above read my detailed instructions in christine's 1st post explaining how to use this new forum; big thanks! Hugs; example below

subject: 4 yr. old needs KIDS LLMD IN MD, VA, DC area

http://www.mdjunction.com/forums/lyme-disease-support- forums/llmd-info

Lyme Disease and Co-Infection Symptoms

http://www.mdjunction.com/forums/lyme-disease-support- forums/studies-research/318635-lyme-and-co-infections- symptoms

http://flash.lymenet.org/ubb/ultimatebb.php/topic/1/81386

Dr. Burrascano's most recent "Diagnostic Hints and 2008 Treatment Guidelines for Lyme and Other Tick Borne Illnesses" http://www.ilads.org/lyme_disease/treatment_guidelines.html

Pages 17-19 discuss Adult and Kids Treatments

http://www.mdjunction.com/forums/lyme-disease-support- forums/studies-research/1173561-08-kids-lyme-guidelines-of- dr-burrascano

Dr. B's Supplement List

http://www.lymepa.org/Nutritional_Supplements.pdf

Making the most of your LLMD visit

http://flash.lymenet.org/scripts/ultimatebb.cgi? ubb=get_topic&f=1&t=020605#000005

Herxheimer “herx” side effects to antibiotics & supplements …. Symptoms, treatments, and more! 1.25.10

http://www.mdjunction.com/forums/lyme-disease-support- forums/studies-research/1186591-jarischherxheimer-reaction- symptomstreatment

Herxing Reactions:

http://flash.lymenet.org/ubb/ultimatebb.php/topic/1/89322

http://flash.lymenet.org/ubb/ultimatebb.php?ubb=get_topic; f=1;t=041517

CHECK OUT THE “LYME FACTS” forum; lots of good, accurate info there for your lyme journey.

http://www.mdjunction.com/forums/lyme-disease-support- forums/studies-research

print off BUT YOU LOOK GOOD article on page 2 of this post where I broke it up for others to read easier; we neuro lymies!

http://www.mdjunction.com/forums/lyme-disease-support- forums/general-support/1275535-feeling-guilty-for-being- sick/limitstart/10#1279159

Suggestions for When You Need Treatment and Funds Are Low plus Financial Burdens post towards bottom; extremely detailed by Melanie Reber

http://flash.lymenet.org/ubb/ultimatebb.php/topic/3/22281

WHAT IS LYME DISEASE? as quoted by Dr. Burrascano

http://www.mdjunction.com/forums/lyme-disease-support- forums/studies-research/1123178-a-must-read-for-new- members#1124851

Link to Turn the Corner Foundation: Good info and contacts for finding a good LLMD.

http://turnthecorner.org/lyme-disease-quick-facts.htm

LYME YAHOO GROUP BOARD FOR EACH STATE FOUND HERE!

People seeking doctors might be able to get help from their state online information and support group. The groups are moderated and you have to apply. Most don't allow doctor names, but once on the group, you can ask for doctors in a certain area and ask people to email you privately.

To find your state group, go to

http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/statenamelyme

example: http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/newyorklyme

South Carolina is the only state that needs a hyphen between the statename and lyme, e.g. http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/southcarolina-lyme

http://www.lymenet.org/SupportGroups/

This explains the MEDICAL “POLITICS” AROUND LYME and why you need an ILADS-educated or ILADS-member LLMD (and there are also some ILADS-member LL NDs, naturopathic doctors:

www.clinicaladvisor.com/Controversy-continues-to-fuel-the- Lyme-War/article/117160/

You should also be evaluated for co-infections. Not all tests are great in that regard, either, but a good LLMD can evaluate you and then guide you in testing.

www.igenex.com; http://www.frylabs.com; http://www.clongen.com; http://focusdx.com

For the Igenex Western blot IgM and IgG blood test drawn on M, T, or Wed am. Check current$ 3 wks. for results!

Call 1-800.832.3200 for current prices.

http://flash.lymenet.org/scripts/ultimatebb.cgi/topic/1/ 78648?#000003

They will also send you a free “test kit” with their required form, all the test vials, & box to ship it in with return postage!

Be sure to download Igenex's required form IF you haven't called for Igenex to send you THEIR test kids!

MD, DO, ND, AC, DC are all fine** must sign, date, and show diagnosis code on there why he's ordering the test.

Optional tests include: co-infection panel for your area of country and PCR whole blood

Igenex is pre-pay/out of network for most insurances. If you are on medicare, Igenex will file the paperwork & it's free to you.

Get copies of all of your special bloodwork.

Overseas instructions for sending to Igenex/Fry Labs 2-23-08

http://flash.lymenet.org/ubb/ultimatebb.php?ubb=get_topic; f=1;t=063751

Dr C's Western Blot explanation is discussed here:

http://www.mdjunction.com/forums/lyme-disease-support- forums/tips/1092391-missouri-drcs-western-blot-explanations- of-nos#1093495

http://www.mdjunction.com/forums/lyme-disease-support- forums/tips/3683-igenex-calif-western-blot-igmigg-testing-

ILADS - The International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS) provides a forum for health science professionals to share their wealth of knowledge regarding the management of Lyme and associated diseases. www.ilads.org

Call ILADS they are happy to refer to LLMd's around the country. Here is the contact link, scroll down beyond the email form for their phone number:

http://www.ilads.org/contact/contact_ilads.html

Under Our Skin Lyme Disease documentary www.lymediseasefilm.com

American Museum of Natural History 2 SLIDE SHOWS

http://www.amnh.org/sciencebulletins/index.php? sid=h.s.lyme_brain.20100125

when you get to the site go to upper right hand corner and type in LYME DISEASE hit enter and it brings you to this very well-done slide show on LYME disease! it shows ”brain lesions” too. 1st one is DATED JAN. 25, 2010.

Betty, Minoucat, & Connie Mc's SSDI, SSI, & LTD DISABILITY RECOURCES FOR Disability, Insurance, Dealing with HMOs

http://www.mdjunction.com/forums/lyme-disease-support- forums/general-support/3118-bettygs-disability-info-25- pages

http://flash.lymenet.org/ubb/ultimatebb.php/topic/3/13935

Success Stories

http://www.mdjunction.com/forums/lyme-disease-support- forums/general-support/57269-post-your-success-story-here

http://flash.lymenet.org/ubb/ultimatebb.php/topic/3/15820

Distinct Pattern of Cognitive Impairment Noted in Study of Lyme Patients …..MUST READ!! EXPLAINS EVERYTHING !!

written by Marian Rissenberg PhD & Susan Chambers MD,

The Lyme Times, Vol. 20, Jan-Mar 1998, pp. 29-32

http://www.anapsid.org/cnd/diffdx/rissenberg.html

NEURO-COGNITIVE LYME DISEASE links from cheryl's site 1.10

http://www.lymeinfo.net/neuropsych.html

Porphyria (including KPU)

http://flash.lymenet.org/scripts/ultimatebb.cgi/topic/1/ 87840?

cardiac symptoms please read!

http://flash.lymenet.org/ubb/ultimatebb.php/topic/1/77325

SUICIDE HOTLINE PHONE NO. & PREVENTION TIPS

http://flash.lymenet.org/ubb/ultimatebb.php?ubb=get_topic; f=1;t=058059

http://www.mdjunction.com/forums/lyme-disease-support- forums/medicine-treatments/1275497-national-suicide- prevention-lifeline-tips

TINNITUS: Ringing Between The Ears; Vestibular, Balance, Hearing with compiled links

http://flash.lymenet.org/scripts/ultimatebb.cgi? ubb=get_topic;f=1;t=065801

VESTIBULAR SYMPTOMS

http://www.vestibular.org/vestibular-disorders/symptoms.php

DIZZINESS - many details at this thread

http://www.mdjunction.com/forums/lyme-disease-support- forums/medicine-treatments/Itemid=217/func=post/do=reply

http://flash.lymenet.org/scripts/ultimatebb.cgi/topic/1/ 65801?

TREEPATROL'S New Member Learning links: this can wait! There are OVER 1,000 LINKS here but treepatrol has organized it as best as he could

http://flash.lymenet.org/ubb/ultimatebb.php/topic/1/29917

NEED A LAUGH, READ HERE & ADD YOUR OWN

http://www.mdjunction.com/forums/lyme-disease-support- forums/lounge/1041725-looking-for-my-need-a-laugh-post- bettyg-started

you tubes, post your FUNNY or INSPIRATIONAL ones here http://www.mdjunction.com/forums/lyme-disease-support- forums/lounge/1114416-you-tubes-post-your- funnyinspirational-ones-here

Betty's suggested posting guidelines:

Many of members have neuro lyme, and it is hard to read long solid block text and be able to comprehend; example, me, 40 yrs. neuro chronic lyme, so we are able to comprehend and read. Then we can assist and guide you ok.

please post in short paragraphs like you see below or look at a few other posts, but we neuro folks need them short.

1-2 sentences MAX and hit ENTER TWICE to doublespace between each paragraph. hugs DO NOT BREAK UP THE SENTENCE THOUGH…we neuros lose our train of thought if it is broken up in the middle unless it goes on FOREVER!

For easier reading, please edit your post. You can break up your longer paragraphs into smaller paragraphs. Please hit “enter” key twice after each paragraph, also.

Go to left hand corner; mark box to receive all replies and click edit send.

Thank you for posting in a manner that makes it easier for all to read and help others.


03/27/2010 01:43 PM
honkeetonk
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Thank you everyone for this information!

Here is a test result of a liver panel i did last January...

TOTAL PROTEIN 7.9

6.3-8.3 G/DL

ALBUMIN 5.0

4.0-5.4 G/DL

ALT 14

0-50 U/L

AST 17

9-53 U/L

ALKALINE PHOSPHATASE 75

35-129 U/L

BILIRUBIN, TOTAL 0.7

0.2-1.3 MG/DL

BILIRUBIN, DIRECT 0.2

0.0-0.3 MG/DL

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